Working Title: Chief
Department: Public Safety
Nature of Work:
The Chief of the Department of Public Safety serves as the chief officer in the operation and administration of the college's Department of Public Safety. The Chief has responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the operations of the Department of Public Safety. These operations include protecting life and property in the campus community through law enforcement and crime prevention activities which include patrol activities, criminal investigations, parking and traffic enforcement, crime prevention education, internal training, and any other duties as assigned. The Chief is responsible for managing the Department's budget effectively, assisting in preparing grant applications and administering funded projects, and ensuring compliance with all Federal, State, and local reporting requirements. The Chief represents the Department, as required, and works closely with local and State law enforcement agencies, as well as other University System of Georgia Departments of Public Safety to provide services to the college community. This individual will report to the Vice President for Business and Financial Service.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Serves as the Chief of the Department of Public Safety in the operation and administration of the Department of Public Safety.
- Formulates policies and regulations governing activities of the department.
- Oversees scheduling of officers to maintain safety for campus; assignment of personnel for special events, details and other activities.
- Coordinates with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as with the local District Attorney for assistance and prosecution of criminal cases.
- Reviews cases generated by the department and oversees court appearances by officers.
- Assists with development and implementation of emergency preparedness plans for the campus, and attend local and state meetings related to emergency preparedness, as required.
- Oversees all operations of the Georgia Crime Information System (GCIC).
- Oversees compliance with Clery Act Information.
- Develops, conducts and oversees training and educational programs about safety, rules, and regulations for students, classes, clubs, residence hall personnel, summer programs and other on-campus and off-campus groups, as requested.
- Develops, plans and conducts a training and employee development program for department personnel.
- Supervises performance of work and consults and confers with employees under his/her supervision.
- Plans, directs and participates in the preparation and maintenance of a variety of records and reports.
- Ensures that preventative maintenance is performed on all vehicles and equipment.
- Conducts security surveys of campus and makes recommendations on security improvements.
- Hires employees under his/her supervision.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
Required/Desired Knowledge, Abilities & Skills:
- Knowledge of the responsibilities and activities which are required to develop and maintain an effective Department of Public Safety.
- Knowledge of the methods used in providing proper police/security information, services and protection.
- Knowledge of the principles of effective police patrol, physical security, traffic control, criminal investigations, and crime prevention.
- Ability to analyze and interpret the law, ordinances, rules, regulations, standards, and procedures and apply them to specific situations and cases.
- Ability to evaluate work to see that proper procedures are followed, that reasonable standards of workmanship, conduct, and output are maintained, and that desired objectives are achieved.
- Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, sound, accurate, and informative reports and to direct the establishment of needed records and files.
- Ability to work collaboratively with all campus constituents in promoting safety
- Commitment to student development.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated leadership ability.
- Fiscal management and personnel administration.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Computer proficiency.
- Must be innovative, imaginative, and take initiative.
Required Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement administration including supervision of department personnel. Thorough knowledge of public safety concepts and law enforcement and security methods, sound management practices, crowd control techniques, and pertinent state and federal laws. A demonstrated knowledge of modern, efficient law enforcement technologies and contemporary policing strategies. Must be, or able to be, certified by the Peace Officer's Standard and Training Council of the State of Georgia.
This position reports to the Vice President for Business and Financial Services.
Contacts: Robbin Burriss
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